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U.S. "outraged" by Myanmar's response to cyclone

UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations estimates 1.5 million people have been "severely affected" by the cyclone that swept through Myanmar and the United States expressed outrage on Thursday at the delays in allowing in aid.

"We're outraged by the slowness of the response of the government of Burma (Myanmar) to welcome and accept assistance," U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Zalmay Khalilzad, told reporters.

"It's clear that the government's ability to deal with the situation, which is catastrophic, is limited."

Comment: Hurricane Katrina was also catastrophic, as well as the US government's dealing with that situation.

Survivors by Cyclone Nargis
Survivors are seen at their home, which was destroyed by Cyclone Nargis, near the town of Kyaiklat, southwest of Yangon, May 7, 2008.


Military evacuated, Chile volcano eruption flares

PUERTO MONTT - Chile evacuated the last military personnel from the vicinity of an erupting volcano in its remote Patagonian region before dawn on Thursday, after it spat a surge of fiery material.

But a few civilians refused to leave two villages near the Chaiten volcano in southern Chile which began erupting last week for the first time in thousands of years, a Reuters witness said.

Chaiten volcano
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Smoke and ash rise for thousands of meters through a thick layer of clouds from the crater of the Chaiten volcano in southern Chile, May 7, 2008.

Bizarro Earth

Park the mower: climate change to kill off lawns

The Met Office is to warn gardeners to plan for a warmer climate by cultivating drought-tolerant plants such as palms, olives and Mediterranean herbs and to resign themselves to the death of the traditional lawn.

It believes this year will be one of the hottest on record.

The Met Office will issue the warning at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Hampton Court Palace flower show this July.

Comment: This article continues the "global warming" myth, despite scientific evidence that show that the planet is cooling instead of warming.

Bizarro Earth

Poor hit hardest by climate change

The devastating effects of natural disasters caused by climate change is hitting the poorest the hardest, a new report reveals. Of the 443,000 people killed and 2.5 billion affected by weather-related incidents in the last 10 years more than 98 per cent of them came from developing countries.

Comment: Note that this article does not include the latest disaster in Myanmar, which caused the death of hundred thousand people.


Ancient tree provides fuel for thought

Peter Gould has a vision of being able to grow his own fuel on his property at Terania Creek.

Mr Gould has spent more than 10 years researching biofuels and eventually came up with what he and his business partner Martin Novak, of Whian Whian, believe is the perfect solution - a plant native to both India and northern Australia called pongamia.


Ancient tea trees found in central China

Beijing -- Botanists have recently discovered ancient tea trees in central China's Wudang Mountains which were an integral part of a centuries-old Taoist tea culture.

ancient china tree
A botanist examines an ancient tea tree that was discovered in the Wudang Mountains on Tuesday, May 6, 2008.

Bizarro Earth

Philippines: Another mild earthquake hits Bicol

Manila - Another mild earthquake hit the Bicol region Wednesday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

In its bulletin, Phivolcs said a 4.6-magnitude quake was recorded in Legaspi City, Albay province. The quake was felt at Intensity 3 in Irosin, Sorsogon and Legaspi City and Intensity 2 in Lignon Hill, Legaspi City and Masbate, Masbate .

Its epicenter was located 38 kilometers southwest of Legaspi City and had a depth of 22 kilometers, which volcanologists consider as shallow.

Bizarro Earth

US: Small earthquake strikes Northern Virginia

A small earthquake shook the Washington area yesterday, and some residents reported feeling tremors, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

There were no reports of damage or injuries.

The earthquake occurred at 1:30 p.m., and the epicenter was about a mile from Annandale. The Geological Survey estimated its magnitude at 1.8.


U.S. honey bees in dramatic decline

The Apiary Inspectors of America says the United States has seen a dramatic decline in the number of managed honey bee colonies since 1980.

Better Earth

Cod fall may speed 'toxic tide'

Declining fish stocks could be partly responsible for algal blooms in the oceans, researchers have found.

Scientists found that the fall in cod stocks in the Baltic Sea in recent decades increased numbers of the tiny marine plants that produce the blooms.